A selection panel to recruit nominees for the Chairperson and member of the Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC), has been inaugurated to fill in the vacant positions immediately.
The nine-member panel appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta through February 2021, took the oath of office on Monday in a ceremony that was presided over by the Vice-Chairperson of the Public Service Commission, Charity Kisotu at Commission House, Nairobi.
The selection panel will be chaired by Thomas Koyier, with members drawn from various institutions and backgrounds, namely Dr Mary Gaturu, Ministry of Education; Charles Mutinda, Attorney General’s office; Njoki Kahiga, Ministry for Public Service; Margaret Lilan Geno, Federation of Kenya Employers; Richard Kibagendi and Dr Hellen Hazel Misenda, representing the registered Teachers’ Trade Unions; Eva Naputuni Nyoike, Association of Private Schools and Prof. Stanley Waudo, a prominent educationist.
Kisotu urged the members of the selection panel to be diligent in their work, noting that they were carefully selected and clearly represent diverse interests in the education sector.
“I have no doubt that you are fully aware of how critical the education sector is in this country, and this is rightly demonstrated by the stakeholder representation that constitutes this selection panel,” she said.
She noted that the appointment of the selection panel has come at a critical time when the government is rolling out curriculum reforms within the education sector including the Competency-Based Curriculum, hence the need to conclude the exercise as soon as possible.
Kennedy Kihara, who represented the Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua underscored the centrality of public service in the stability of the country and urged the selection panel to strictly follow the law while undertaking the exercise so as to present the best-suited nominees to the appointing authority.
“The government is undergoing a lot of transformation and we must ensure and facilitate public participation in everything we do,” he observed.
Public Service PS Mary Kimonye, who represented the her CS, Prof Margaret Kobia, urged the Selection Panel to uphold the integrity of the selection process and adhere strictly to the stipulated timelines.
“The integrity of the process is what I want to emphasize. The work you are doing… ought to be taken with humility, commitment, honesty and objectivity so that the outcome will be acceptable to all,” said Kimonye.
The Commission Secretary Dr Nancy Macharia said the TSC is looking forward to having the best chairperson and member from the selection process. Koiyer, the selection panel Chairman, thanked the President for giving the members of the panel an opportunity to serve the country in their capacities and assured Kenyans that the team will deliver on their mandate as per the requirements of the law and in the stipulated timelines.